Prashant Reddy

Prashant Reddy

T. Prashant Reddy graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, with a B.A.LLB (Hons.) degree in 2008. He later graduated with a LLM degree (Law, Science & Technology) from the Stanford Law School in 2013. Prashant has worked with law firms in Delhi and in academia in India and Singapore. He is also co-author of the book Create, Copy, Disrupt: India's Intellectual Property Dilemmas (OUP). He has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor at NALSAR, Hyderabad, starting September 1, 2017.

Privacy

Whatsapp with Privacy and How Not to Deal with Frivolous PILs


A few weeks ago, two millennial babalog filed a public interest litigation (PIL) before the Delhi High Court against Whatsapp’s new privacy policy which informed users that their data would now be shared with Facebook unless users opted out. Facebook had acquired Whatsapp for $19 billion dollars two years ago and it was only a matter of time before the company began to harvest the goldmine of data with Whatsapp.  Rather than dismiss the PIL in limine the Court admitted…


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Publication Trademark

Book Review: The Law and Practice of Trademark Transactions: A Global & Local Outlook, Eds. Irene Calboli & Jacques De Werra


Over the years this blog has covered several interesting issues pertaining to trademark transactions. Illustratively these include disputes arising out of trademark transactions (the Tiger and Maaza disputes), taxation of trademark assignments (the recent Fosters case), arbitration of IP disputes (the Telemax case & the IPRS v. ENIL case), co-ownership of trademarks after the splitting of family businesses and general strategies on licensing and securitisation of trademarks. The increasing value of trademarks to Indian businesses can also be gauged from…


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Patent

The deposit orders in Ericsson’s patent lawsuits are neither “middle-path” nor “innovative” – these orders are flawed and illegal


A few weeks ago we carried a guest post by Professors Chien and Contreras. It’s nice to see foreign academics engaging and writing on Indian IP law. Over the last year, a lot of foreign law professors have been attending the numerous conferences hosted by the IP centres in NLU-Delhi and Jindal Law School on the issues of on Standard Essential Patent (SEP) litigation. Both law schools have received very generous grants from Qualcomm for research in IP and competition…


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Copyright

Counterview – The DU Photocopy case – How wide should educational use exceptions be in the age of photocopier machines?


Continuing from my last post on the role of publishers and the need to protect their copyrights, I will discuss Justice Endlaw’s judgment in the DU photocopy case, which he delivered 664 days after reserving the judgment. (Warning: Long post!) “Copyright is not an inevitable, divine or natural right” I would like to begin with a discussion on the most quoted lines from his judgment: “Copyright, specially in literary works, is thus not an inevitable, divine, or natural right that…


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Copyright

Counterview: The outcome of the DU photocopy case isn’t necessarily good news for higher academia in India


At the very outset let me congratulate Shamnad, Swathi Sukumar and the entire team who won against the publishers in the DU photocopy case that was decided on September 16, 2016. I do not agree with the outcome but who doesn’t like a good copyright fight! It’s a tough job to provide a counterview to a post by Gopika, more so since I heard that she won 11 (E-l-e-v-e-n) gold medals while graduating from NLSIU a couple of weeks ago….


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Copyright

TPM Jurisprudence Going Awry – Reviewing the Delhi High Court’s Judgment in Tata Sky v. YouTube


A couple of weeks ago, Kartik had written a detailed post on a judgment by the Delhi High Court in the case of Tata Sky v. YouTube. The facts of the case are quite simple. Tata Sky sued You Tube on the grounds that the latter had failed to take down videos which taught viewers to circumvent certain technological protection measures (TPM) to view HD channels broadcast by Tata Sky, without paying for access. The main cause of action in…


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Drug Regulation

The Sub-Standard Drug Problem: A Report Explaining the Failures of India’s Drug Regulatory System


Although this blog concentrates mainly on IP issues, we occasionally do cover drug regulatory issues. The state of drug regulation in India, as most of you will know, is quite alarming. Plant after plant is being banned by foreign regulators, while CRO outfits like the GVK Bio stand accused of serious fraud. Clearly, the present Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) G. N. Singh is presiding over a system which is failing at every level. He admitted as much when…


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

Gene Patents and Plant Varieties: NSAI v. Monsanto


In an earlier post, accessible here, I had explained the NSAI’s new IP strategy in the ongoing dispute with Monsanto. To briefly recap, the technology involved is Monsanto’s patent over a certain gene sequence of the Bt. bacteria as inserted into a cotton genome. The NSAI is arguing that while gene patents are recognised under the law, the same cannot be enforced under Indian patent law and that once the Bt. Trait is introduced into cotton genome, it will be…


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Overlaps in IP Patent Plant Variety Protection

The NSAI’s new IP strategy in its dispute with Monsanto


The National Seed Association of India (NSAI), comprising mostly of Indian seed companies, has published on its website a series of documents outlining its IP strategy in its dispute with Monsanto. As explained in our earlier posts available over here, here and here, some of the biggest Indian seed companies like Nuziveedu (whose chairman heads NSAI) are engaged in a high stakes battle with Monsanto over the technology licensing agreements between both parties. The history of this dispute can be…


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Copyright

ISRA’s Dubious Victory before the Delhi High Court


On August 12, 2016 Justice S. Murlidhar of the Delhi High Court passed a short 8 page final judgment restraining a Delhi food establishment from infringing the performing rights being administered by the Indian Singers’ Right Association (ISRA). This judgment is the first judicial victory for the performer’s society since it was was registered by the Registrar of Copyrights under the Copyright Act, 1957. The first lawsuit is always the most crucial lawsuit for new performing societies like ISRA because…


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